A Third WIP…Chambray and Shot Cottons

And here we are with yet another quilt that started out quick and dirty and is now just sitting on my cutting table. I look at it often since I adore these solids so much. There are a couple of kona solids in this, but mostly these fabrics are Carolina Chambrays and Kaffe Fassett’s shot cottons which both are given more depth of color by being cross woven in two different colors. I love how this two color woven makes for a more dimensional solid; rich and even glimmering at times.


I started this quilt inspired by the color palette that’s in a decorative screen in my bedroom. I thought a coordinating throw quilt would look nice next to it. I started pulling solids out from my stash and this is what evolved. Kona cottons in curry, woodrose and olive, shot cottons in moss, raspberry and spruce, and one Carolina Chambray in teal are what make up most of the colors in this piece.

This is just another one of the many projects I am committed to finishing in 2011 and to becoming a finisher and not just a starter of quilts.

The Neglected Flea Market Fancy Quilt

This collection of Flea Market Fancy blocks is really where we get into Big Time Neglect. I started this quilt with true verve and excitement, having just seen Malka Dubrawskys fabulous,  modern sho- fly quilt. I had been saving and hanging onto my grey and orange Flea Market Fancy fabrics for just the right block, and I knew this was just the right one. Simple, bold and graphic against the Kona Coal…the combination really pleased me.  Paired with Alexander Henry’s Farmdale Blossom print for a backing, I was even that much more excited.

Silly me, I have only 3 more blocks to go.  But this quilt, like the others, has just sat waiting to be pieced and made into a quilt.  This UFO and the others are part of my commitment to finishing what I’ve started in 2011.  Whether you call them WIP’s or UFO’s or just call them “that project sitting over in the corner”  join me in geting them done!

More UFO’s Than Roswell (& Crop Circles Aren’t Far Off…)

True confessions: In my quilting, I am a terrific starter. I gather fabrics and cut strips or squares like a pro. I am especially good at making half-completed quilts. I need to get an official count, but I think I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 unfinished quilts. All of my UFO’s sitting in their various states of incompletion feel like heavy baggage at the moment. And even though just yesterday I started yet another quilt, I am on a mission to change my ways and my bad habits and to finish what I’ve started. So, for me this is the year of the UFO becoming a quilt to use and love.

It seems like the New Year brings this thinking out in many of us. Other quilty bloggers have started an admirable promise not to buy any new fabric as well as finish all UFO’s. I’m not sure I can be so good. One day at a time, right? I cannot be expected not to bring home new fabric when I’m surrounded by it at work and buying fabric is actually part of my job.  Am I right?  Sigh…

Exhibit A – one “Thousand Pyramids” quilt sits waiting to be made into a quilt top.  I’ve gotten as far as piecing the smaller triangles into larger triangles, which then need to be pieced together to make a lap-sized quilt.  I think these close-up pictures show the color more accurately.

I really love the intersection of green and blue; shades like celadon, robin’s egg blue, jade.  They are peaceful and calming to me.  So, the idea for this quilt was born of the need for a quilt in that color neighborhood.

I am setting an intention to finish this quilt top within the next week.  Over the next few posts, I’ll be airing out my unfinished projects for all to see and judge sharing all of my quilts that need finishing.  I hope that by putting it all out there that I can have more completion in my creative space.  What UFO’s do you have?  Bring ‘em on out…let’s finish them together!